Gentri Lee


Philly For A Day // Part One

About a week and a half ago I walked in the door, home early from work, and announced that I had a long weekend and wanted an adventure. A few hours later, my family and I were off on a spontaneous trip to Philadelphia! It was exactly what I needed and my adventurous spirit was alive with excitement. We spent the night in a hotel then woke early the next morning to begin our day of exploring.

I took a solitary morning walk to starbucks to grab breakfast for my sister and I where I passed by the fountain and "love" sign; I thoroughly enjoyed the peace and quiet- an oxymoron in such a large city. We then headed over to Independence Hall for a tour, saw the Liberty Bell, toured Betsy Ross' home, then took a break for lunch. There was no question what we were having for our mid-day meal, because when you're in Philadelphia, you do as the Philadelphians do, which means we ate Philly cheese steak sandwiches. It was a first for all of us and my, oh my, were they delicious! After lunch we hit up a few souvenir shops where I grabbed some post cards for my ever-growing collection.

Stay tuned for part 2!


Red Carpet Facial Kit// Kinara

As an aesthetician I am usually keeping up my own skin's health- my skin is my greatest advertisement... but for the past... well, too long, I have put that on the back burner. With some emotional events, a big climate change, and general laziness within the last year, my skin was seriously suffering. I specifically remember a few conversations I had with friends and family about the dullness of my skin... it was lackluster. I kept telling myself to get back on track, but like anything, having a good skin care routine can be hard to stay on top of. 

Then I heard about Kinara and their Red Carpet Facial Kit. It's a chemical exfoliation that is safe to do at home with a reputation that reaches some of the biggest celebrities. Just be cautious when applying, follow the instructions and don't use if you are pregnant, sunburned, have any lesions or open skin, or are using products like isotretinoin or hydroquinone. But let me tell you, this product is incredible. I have done my share of chemical exfoliations, it comes with the job, you have to know the product. While I liked them all, this one left me the most impressed. I had the signs of a new breakout when I did this peel, including one of those painful pimples dwelling just below the surface. By the next morning they were gone. How can this be?! I honestly can't tell you, other than what the ingredient list says. What I can say is I love this kit and am excited to keep it as a regular part of my routine.

I am the worst when it comes to "before and after" photos... so this is the best I could do. The first was taken a few weeks ago and the second was taken a few days ago (after using the Kinara Red Carpet Facial Kit). you can see the glow in the second photo that the first is lacking. The first almost has a dinginess to it while the second looks luminous. My skin feels so much happier!

*NOTE* As with all chemical exfoliations, be sure to follow up with a moisturizer and sunscreen!

P.S. the winner of the Target gift card giveaway is Amanda Sakovitz
P.P.S. I am currently hosting an amazing instagram giveaway for ns minerals, check it out!


Go-To Fall Look

I don't even know if you can call this a "fashion post"... it's just an oversized sweater with some straight leg jeans and a ponytail... But this is what you will find me wearing ninety percent of the time during the cooler months, the other ten percent is filled with dresses or pajamas. I know, so fancy. But let's be honest, what is better than your most lived-in sweater over some comfortable jeans or leggings and your favorite pair of boots? Because I'm pretty sure there is not a better outfit option in the world.

I just bought these backless(!!) jeffrey campbell boots on sale at Nordstrom and holy.moley. I am in love. My feet have just been so happy! (pst! they're on major sale! but they run really small, so size up! I seriously think I need the black pair, too...) I am also loving this small, zodiac necklace from Fifth and Mae; it's such a small yet beautiful piece. I wore this outfit to the farmers market, and rather than don my usual small, cross-body bag, I decided to grab my wear the paint tote bag that would double as a shopping bag. It was the perfect addition to this overly-casual outfit.

sweater- gap (similar)
zodiac necklace and bracelets- fifth & mae
stone bracelet- seamaid market
ring- gift from my mom
crystal necklace- the land of salt

What is your go-to fall look? Do you like to dress fancier than myself?


Fall Recipes // Apple Sauce Cookies

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I'm just going to say it, Fall is the best season and everyone knows it. Part of what makes it so great is the harvest; there are so many yummy things that come with Fall! The number one Flavor of Fall has to be apple. To celebrate the changing of the seasons, I was in the mood to make my mom's apple sauce cookies. While I was shopping at Walmart for all of my ingredients, I came across the seasonal Candy Apple M&M's and had to try them! I decided to grab some regular m&m's to throw into the cookies as well and they made a great and colorful substitute to the basic chocolate chip.

After the cookies were done, I put together this little Fall gift basket filled with some of the cookies, candy apple m&m's, and Mott's apple juice- it makes a wonderful Fall gift for anyone! My nieces, nephew, and I doorbell ditched some of our neighbors leaving in our place the bundles of cookies. We loved hearing their reactions, as we hid around the corners, to the surprises we left. It's such a simple way to serve someone and yet so fulfilling. If you know of someone who needs a pick-me-up, if someone has been on your mind, or if you just feel like making someone's day, I hope you can gain some inspiration from this post and recipe!

My mom's applesauce cookies are so delicious and different than the traditional cookie, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Bake Temp 375 Fahrenheit
Bake Time 9-12 minutes (just keep a close watch, when the edges start to brown- they're done!)

Mix the wet ingredients first- apple sauce, soda, butter/ shortening, sugar, and eggs- until dough is smooth then add the dry ingredients- flour, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt. When dough is well mixed add the m&m's and/ or chocolate chips. Spoon onto a greased cookie sheets and bake.

2 Cups Apple Sauce                              
2 tsp Soda                                            
1 Cup Butter/ Shortening                    
2 Cups Sugar
4 Eggs

4 Cups Flour
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Cloves
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Salt

M&M's and/ or Chocolate Chips
1-2 Cups Oatmeal- optional

this lady was not leaving the aisle where I found my products...

#FlavorofFall #CollectiveBias

Are you excited for Fall and all that comes with it? What is your favorite way to enjoy Apples, the Flavor of FallBe sure to use this coupon for $1 off any Mott's sauce or juice drink, also this coupon for $1.50 off any two M&M's brand chocolate candies! (quantities are limited)


Friends, Flowers, and Food

^^^The Slurp with Brandi, Jenny, Emily, Jessi, and Autumn (not pictured- Sandy)

Utah was FILLED with those three things- friends, flowers, and all of my favorite food. And you better believe that pictures were taken of almost all of it (get ready for selfie and food picture overload)! I absolutely loved seeing all of my favorite people and eating all of my favorite food. That's what vacation is for, right? 

One of the main reasons I was in Utah was for Lauren's wedding. I loved playing bouquet babysitter and bridal assistant for the day/ week. (floral design by erin)

Between Lauren's ceremony and reception I had a few hours to kill. So her photographer/ my good friend Lori and I went out to lunch at Costa Vida. Lauren's bouquet served as our lunchtime centerpiece and this photo randomly won me a gift card for my next trip to Costa Vida! This is why we post pictures of our food, people!

Ariel and I were able to spend a lot of time together. During our big shopping day for Lauren's bridal shower, we stopped at a roadside Dole Whip stand! There is honestly no better way to end a long, hot day of shopping than with a dole whip.

Blue Lemon with Ariel, Rachel, Bri, Jess, and Lauren for Rachel's going away party.

Breakfast with Ashley

Dinner at Black Sheep Cafe with Jessi

Picnicking in the park with Nikki, Sandy, and Kaylie (not pictured- Aubrey and Megan)

My trip to Utah was a blast, I loved every minute of it! So much was squeezed in to those two weeks and I wouldn't have had it any other way. Thank you to everyone who made it such a special trip!